Man stabbed to death, 2 women injured on bullet train

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a passenger and injuring two others in a knife attack on a bullet train in Japan, police say. The assault occurred while the train, which was bound for Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka, was traveling on the section between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations, both in Kanagawa Prefecture.

He attacked the victims around 10pm aboard the shinkansen train which was travelling from Tokyo to a station in Osaka, police and news reports said.

Police have nabbed an unemployed man who gave his name as Ichiro Kojima, 22, on suspicion of murder.

News reports said two women who appeared to be in their 20s were wounded but their injuries were not life-threatening.

'A male passenger was sent to hospital and his death was confirmed later, ' the spokesman said.

In police questioning, Kojima admitted carrying out the assault, saying that he did it because he was feeling frustrated and that he randomly attacked people on the train, according to the sources. "People panicked", a 44-year-old male passenger told the Mainichi Shimbun.

Witnesses said passengers were in tears as they attempted to flee in panic.

"All of a sudden, a lot of passengers were dashing from behind. I was scared to death". In 2005, however, a man set himself on fire while on a bullet train, killing himself and another passenger and injuring nearly 30 others, triggering calls for stricter security measures on bullet trains.

Japan is known as one of the world's safest countries, and violent random attacks are rare.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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